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How to decide whether I should use “we” in an essay? [duplicate]

The answers to this question promote a view that the personal pronoun we is acceptable in an academic paper. But I did not see an answer there, or more generally on this site, that discourages the use ...
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What pronoun should theses use? [duplicate]

It is generally courtesy to use the plural 'we' or 'our' in papers, even when the primary author was the only contributor. While using personal pronouns in academic papers is typically a very bad idea,...
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Should I use “I” or “We” in Peer-Review Journal Submissions? [duplicate]

I am the single author for a journal article which focuses on the measurement and validation of two scale instruments. This is a purely quantitative report for submission in a top-tier educational ...
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Using “my” in a publication [duplicate]

In publications the wording often resembles the following: "We found that our results followed what we found in our previous research." I am now writing a publication alone, with no co-authors. Is ...
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Research Paper Self Referrel [duplicate]

How would I refer to myself in a research paper? I know the use of 'I' is out of the question, so would it be 'this researcher'?
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Passive voice vs. using “I” in a sole-author paper [duplicate]

I am a fan of using "we" in co-authored papers in order to avoid using passive voice. However, I tend to see passive voice, rather than active voice with "I," in single-author papers. Furthermore, I ...
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Plural-active, singular-active or another voice when writing a paper by yourself? [duplicate]

I'm working on a draft paper which will likely have no coauthors. I'm wondering how to phrase my paper, and the abstract especially, in terms of voice. Which of the following should I prefer? "We ...
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In a paper whose I am the sole author, should I use “I” or “we”? [duplicate]

When writing a paper whose I am the sole author, should I use "I" or "we" when referring myself?
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Using nonstandard gender-neutral pronouns to refer to myself in academic writing

I am currently preparing my first formal work for publication, which I am the sole author on. While working through final edits, I've come across a few places where I refer to myself and would prefer ...
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Using first person or third person in papers?

Are there written or unwritten rules for avoiding the use of first-person while writing research papers? I was advised at the beginning of my grad school to avoid use of first person - but I still don'...
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What to use instead of academic 'we' when describing an experiment?

My research is in software engineering, but in a sub-field which is very close to social science. My papers normally contain sentences like "We conducted a study with 56 participants." and "Our ...
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Is it okay to directly address your reader when writing a scientific paper?

I'm currently writing a paper that has some kind of tutorial parts in it. I have written sentences similar to: «... depending on your operating system, the procedure is different» Is addressing the ...
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Using “we” in mathematical reports

Recently, I have submitted an early draft of a report summarising the results of a year-long project at my university, to my advisor for review. We have met up for a review of the paper, and he ...
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Referring to papers by myself and others in my thesis

In citing a paper by myself and others in my thesis, suppose my surname is A and that I have a paper jointly with B and C. I want to cite it, and normally, I would write A, B, and C showed that ...
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When to use “I” in a master's thesis

A similar question exists here however I don't feel that answers my specific question. Other questions on this topic seem to explain why "we" is primarily used in academic writing, which I understand. ...
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Proper pronoun in a response letter for a single author manuscript

I am currently in the process of responding to reviewer comments for a journal article submission, and I realized I was using the scientific/royal "we" in my response letter, even though I am the only ...
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How do I refer to myself in a postdoc application research proposal?

I'm writing up a STEM postdoc application and the major component is a lengthy research proposal. I'd like to speak to my specific strengths in the area and provide examples (some of which may not ...